On Thursday, more Democratic lawmakers called on Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to resign his post, after a Miami Herald investigation revealed his instrumental role in securing a sweetheart plea deal for pedophile and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein is accused of sex trafficking and rape of dozens of girls—some of his accusers were under 14 at the time the abuse took place. Yet, thanks to a plea deal brokered by Acosta, Epstein spent almost no time in prison. In the 11 months he was incarcerated, he was allowed to leave his cell and go work from an office.
None of his victims were informed of the deal.
Epstein fraternized with a variety of wealthy and prominent individuals, including Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz, who was Epstein’s lawyer.
Following a reported segment on Acosta’s critics, CNN host Jake Tapper asked Debbie Wasserman Schultz about the labor secretary’s claim that more evidence has come to light against Epstein since 2007.
“That’s garbage,” Schultz said about Acosta’s defense.
Correction: A previous version of this post mis-attributed a quote to CNN host Jake Tapper.
GOP lawmaker hammers Trump for Ukraine server conspiracy theory: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-OK) on Friday signaled that he was taking House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump far more seriously than many of his Republican colleagues.
During an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Rooney said he was very disturbed at the president's efforts to prove a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine purportedly being behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, despite the fact that all evidence that has been uncovered points directly to Russia as the true culprit.
Harlow then asked him what he made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) comment that "all roads" in the Ukraine scandal lead back to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘We’ve entered a shame-free zone’: CNN’s Sciutto appalled by Trump’s ‘mind-boggling’ G7 corruption
CNN's Jim Sciutto on Friday did not mince words when talking about President Donald Trump's decision to host next year's G7 summit at his own golf course in Doral, Florida.
During a segment about the president's multiple corruption scandals, Sciutto described Trump's G7 gambit as the president "explicitly, publicly steering a taxpayer-funded government contract to [his] own business." He then asked former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti to comment on why this scandal might get Trump into hot legal water.
‘We’re ready to vote’: Oversight Committee Dem claims Congress has the goods for impeachment
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (CA), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said he and other Democrats have enough in hand to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Speaking with host John Berman, Khanna was pressed on what he had learned behind closed doors from former and current officials working in Trump's administration, saying he couldn't divulge any more than has previously been released but that there was enough there to raise serious issues about Trump's continuing as president.
Pressed by host Berman whether lawmakers have enough to proceed with impeachment, the California Democrat didn't skip a beat and said yes.